Currents News Staff
Senators voted on Oct. 25 to end a Democratic filibuster and proceed with the confirmation of Judge Amy Coney Barrett to the Supreme Court, setting up a final confirmation vote, mostly along party lines, for Monday.
“The Senate is doing the right thing,” Mitch McConnell, Senate Majority Leader, said on Sunday. “We’re moving this nomination forward, and colleagues, by tomorrow night we’ll have a new member of the United States Supreme Court.”
“With this vote, the yeas are 51, the nay’s are 48,” said a Senate clerk. “The motion is agreed to.”
It only took a simple majority to break the Democratic filibuster, clearing the path for Judge Barrett to become the next Associate Supreme Court Justice.
For weeks, Democrats have called on Senate Republicans to postpone the confirmation until after the election.
“Nearly every Republican in this chamber, led by the majority leader, four years ago refused to even consider the Supreme Court nomination of a Democratic president,” said Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer. “My colleagues, there is no escaping this glaring hypocrisy.”
Majority Leader Mitch McConnell says Barrett is a highly-qualified candidate, and Democrats are only focused on politics.
“They want to make apocalyptic predictions about policy,” he said
The Senate is reconvening Monday to hold the final vote to confirm, just eight days before election day.